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Solar school switch on

Leominster Primary School Solar PanelsLeominster Primary School is days away from switching on one of the largest solar arrays on a school in the UK.

Leominster Primary School is reaching completion and the 90kW array will shortly be switched on, in readiness for the new school year. 

Felicity Norman, director of Leominster Sunrise Co-op, said:

“Insulating our schools from predicted rises in energy bills is one of the best ways we can help to make sure that vital school budgets remain focussed on education and don’t drain away just keeping the buildings habitable. 

"This new building has been built to high standards in terms of insulation and the large solar photovoltaic array that our co-op has installed on the roof is going to help to slash energy bills further and reduce the carbon footprint of the school.  We hope it’s the first of many for Leominster and Herefordshire.”

The community share offer is reaching completion with 77% of funds already raised.

The share offer is now accepting applications on a rolling basis.  The school will get cheaper electricity as a result of the array and reduce its carbon footprint by 36 tonnes a year, for over 20 years.  

Members of the co-op are predicted to get an internal rate of return of 4%, which is boosted to 10.4% with Seed Enterprise Investment tax relief. 

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